Postcard from Wellington waterfront

The Wellington waterfront is one of the city’s sparkling attributes: skies that seem almost too blue stretch above glittering turquoise water. I meant to spent my day exploring museums, shops and photography exhibits in the city–but with the sun shining and a rare no-wind day forecast for “windy Wellington” I scrapped my original plan and […]

October 6, 2011 Continue reading…

Thank you, David Walsh: The MONA experience

As I left the Museum of Old and New Art, cruising down the Derwent River in the sunshine, the first thought to cross my mind: even if the rest of Hobart is absolutely awful (thankfully, it had its highlights), this was totally worth it. When’s the last time a museum left you feeling that fulfilled? […]

October 5, 2011 Continue reading…

The five essentials for the AFL experience

I moved to Melbourne at the beginning of Australian Football League season, and instantly fell in love with “the footy.” Melbourne is AFL-mad, with more than half of the league’s 18 teams based in Victoria. Originally established as the Victorian Football League 1897, it’s only been known as the Australian Football League since 1989. The […]

October 3, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Rugby World Cup

When I found out the Rugby World Cup was in Wellington (a mere three-hour flight away from Melbourne) and that a sorority friend from university was living in Wellington at the moment, I just couldn’t resist a weekend away. My first national sporting event didn’t disappoint: our rallying cry quickly became that we may not […]

September 29, 2011 Continue reading…

People or places: why do you travel?

Why I travel—why I click the “buy” button on an airline website and watch my hard-earned money float away, endure crack-of-dawn wake-up calls and late-night taxi rides, why I gladly suffer through jet lag and customs forms and currency exchanges—usually falls into one of two categories: people or places. I travel to catch up over […]

September 26, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Mount Wellington

On a clear day, you can see half of Tasmania from the peak of Mount Wellington. But, as my guide joked, if you don’t like the weather in Tasmania, just wait 10 minutes. If you’re wearing comfortable shoes, packed some extra layers and want to be outdoorsy (read: save some cash), you can take bus […]

September 21, 2011 Continue reading…

Where to stay in Hobart: The Pickled Frog

I smiled to myself as I fiddled with the frog figurine on the check-in counter: my grandma is an avid collector of all things frog, and the mish-mash of figures throughout the reception area reminded me of her living room. The Pickled Frog in Hobart is a bit like that: it reminds you more of home, […]

September 20, 2011 Continue reading…